Upcycling your old kitchen cabinets with paint is a far more eco-friendly and cost-effective solution than replacing them altogether. As you can see from a recent DIY project we undertook in the photo above, all of the kitchen cabinets were easily removed with a screwdriver and given a fresh lick of paint to completely transform them.
Compared to other types of paint, kitchen cupboard paint needs to withstand everyday use as well as scuffs and scratches. Therefore, if you are planning to paint your wood, melamine or MDF cabinets, it’s crucial that you use durable paint to make it worth your while.
To help you choose a paint for your kitchen cabinets, our hand-picked selection features top-performing paints chosen through our first-hand experience painting wood, melamine and MDF. We also thoroughly tested multiple paints and carried out the latest research.
Our Top Picks At A Glance:
How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Kitchen Cupboard Paints
Painting kitchen cabinets is far easier than you may first think and it can be achieved with or without taking the cabinets off. Personally, we always take the cabinets off to make painting them much easier and for the sake of a couple of screws, it’s something we would highly recommend you do too.
In terms of our experience, we have carried out multiple kitchen painting projects in both our own properties (Airbnb’s and rentals) as well as family/friends who are attempting to transform their kitchens on a budget.
To give you an idea of the transformation that painting your kitchen cabinets can have, take a look at our most recent project in the before and after photos below.
As you can see in the photos, with just a lick of paint and new cabinet handles, the kitchen now looks virtually brand new and this was all achieved at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen.
For reference, the above kitchen was painted using the best-rated paint in this article, which is of course the Rust-Oleum paint. However, to keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest kitchen cupboard paints (for this article), we are continually testing out the latest offerings from top brands in the UK.
As well as our testing and experience with multiple kitchen cupboard paints, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and a number of factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the paint’s finish, ease of application, coverage, colour selection, time to dry, compatible surfaces, durability and value for money.